June 23, 2015

Food Packing for FMSC

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Join City Square as we help Feed My Starving Children pack 1 Million Meals for starving children around the world. Please register before to reserve your spot.

Sunday, July 26th from 2p-4p
Phoenix Convention Center – South Building, West Door
Ages 5 & up, seated positions are available

Questions? Contact Janine Skinner at jskinner@fmsc.org

June 16, 2015

Community Dinners for 6 or 8

Just a few more days to sign up for this round of Dinners for 6 or 8. When you click on this link fill in a line on the spreadsheet with your information just like if you were at a conference and wanted to sign up at a booth.

We have good response so far. Please sign-up and join in the fun, there is no requirement to host a dinner (that’s just an option on the sheet). Contact Justin directly with any questions!

June 15, 2015

City Square fosters openness and creativity

11241292_10152895745022405_162548937_oAlthough she considers herself mainly part of the Methodist tradition, Jessica Johnson grew up in a federated church that welcomed several different faith traditions to worship together. “It ran the gamut between people who were pretty conservative and very liberal. It was important to me to find a place that had a wide range of people where I could ask questions,” she said.

Jessica said she has found a similar openness at City Square. In addition to openness regarding faith traditions, she noted that she appreciates the church’s willingness to embrace various forms of creativity. Jessica came to City Square after her pervious church began to decline. She enjoyed the creative music at church, but soon learned that the creative outlets didn’t stop there. “There is space for people to connect with each other and to pursue their own ways of doing that, such as the Painting group or the Beer Brewing group,” she said. Jessica is currently part of the Spiritual Formation group, which meets weekly to discuss various aspects of faith.

Jessica pointed out that new attendees of City Square should know that this is a new, energized, and diverse community where people are excited to come together to learn about their faith. She said the community’s energy is part of what makes it so special. She also appreciates that City Square offers her the opportunity to participate in communion each week. “It’s a powerful statement of faith that everyone is fed and everyone is welcome at the table.”

May 19, 2015

City Square: Cool people, good message

By Kara Kahnke

Each month City Square member Kara Kahnke profiles an individual who has found a home at City Square Church.

karadebi3Debi Brady first came to City Square through the invitation of a friend. She grew up Methodist, and described feeling like she had to go to church when she was younger and do activities such as choir and youth group. She stopped going after high school when she no longer felt obligated to go with her family, but said she wanted to give it a try again as she got older. She now describes herself as spiritual rather than religious.

She noted that she comes to City Square because of the people. “They are all normal people who don’t pretend that they are super pious and don’t do anything wrong. They are who they are.” She praised the church for being accepting of everyone.

Debi said she also enjoys the small groups outside of church that allow her to socialize with others. She is currently part of the Creative Writing group and Painting group. In addition to the small groups, she said she appreciates that the church gives money to various charities throughout the community to help make it better.

Debi pointed out several reasons why someone might consider giving City Square a try. “It has cool people, great music, a good message, no pressure, and a causal atmosphere. Overall, you’ll leave with a good feeling.”

May 14, 2015

Moral Courage #4: Standing Up to Racism

Want to be a part of this growing progressive faith community, that is making a positive impact, in Phoenix? Come visit us on a Sunday morning, follow us online, and/or make a donation.

Recorded on May 3 – Dr. Matthew Whitaker (Guest Speaker)
Dr. Whitaker is Foundation Professor of History and the founding director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, winner of the 2014 Arizona Diversity Leadership Alliance Inclusive Workplace Award. He earned a BA in sociology and a BA in history at Arizona State University, where he also completed an MA in United States history. Whitaker earned a PhD in history, with honors, at Michigan State University. He specializes in U.S. history, African American history and life, civil rights, race relations, social movements and social movements. Whitaker is the editor of three books, including Hurricane Katrina: America’s Unnatural Disaster, and he is the author of Race Work: The Rise of Civil Rights in the Urban West. His new book is Peace Be Still: Modern Black America from World War II to Barack Obama winner of Tufts University’s Center for the study of Race and Democracy’s Bayard Rustin Book Award. He has also authored a number of award- winning journal articles, numerous encyclopedia essays, and over 20 opinion pieces. Whitaker has won over 30 awards for his research, teaching, and service, and has given motivational speeches and lectured in nations throughout the world, including Australia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, England, Ghana, Ireland and Liberia. His commentaries have been featured on CNN, NPR, PBS, WVON, KEMET, and other media outlets.